“Apple’s design shows a concept smartphone with two cylindrical components that make way for the foldable screen, just like ancient scrolls”
Samsung has kept us on the edge of our seats for years regarding the company’s upcoming foldable smartphone, but it seems like Apple is ready to give the South Korean conglomerate a run for its money. A recently published patent from the Cupertino-based brand has now revealed the design of a smartphone with a foldable design and battery.
As can be seen in the image below, Apple’s design shows a concept smartphone with two cylindrical components that make way for the foldable screen, just like ancient scrolls. While you might think that the battery would reside in either of these cylindrical components, Patently Apple explains that the battery would sit behind the rollable display and the company might use graphite layers beneath the display to dissipate heat uniformly.
Notably, Samsung has already managed to produce its own flexible lithium-ion batteries that might possibly be used in its upcoming Galaxy X smartphone, which is also expected to feature a foldable design. The designs from Samsung and Apple are both promising, though Qualcomm’s product manager of display technology Salman Saeed recently shared with TechRadar that the components responsible for powering individual pixels are not flexible enough in their current state and cannot withstand frequent bending.
Taking into account other hurdles including heat management, portability, and durability, it is safe to say that manufacturers still need some work on the drawing board before we get to see the first batch of commercial foldable smartphones.